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Aaron Roth

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European roulette, 2023

Oil on canvas, 75 cm X 65 cm and artist metal frame

Tsvetelina Yaneva, the famous pop-folk singer is currently marred to the politician Delyan Peevski. There is an import meeting point between pop folk music and power and as this relationship has became closer over the years the potency for political change though that culture has almost entirely disappeared.

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Yoga, 2023

35 mm photo laser jet print, 90 cm X 50 cm

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Palm Trees and vinyl siding, 2023

35 mm Photographic Laser Print, 110 cm X 60 cm

Buildings built from the late 90s till the present have something in them that seems to completely disregard aesthetics and form. Most new buildings have no right angles in them to get the most out of the plot they are built on.

There is almost a total rejection of modernism, except in a very specific post-modern way. The buildings sometimes take on a form of bootleg Bauhaus as those buildings took ideas from steamships. The forms seem to follow no logic appearing almost mediaeval in their attempt to use every possible space that could be used. Lozenits in Sofia look like Lozenets by the sea.
These new buildings, they have no real categorization yet but are emblematic of the ideology of our-time. But like aforementioned staples aren’t going away, buildings don’t disappear as easily as other parts of culture there too expensive to useful to be taken down due to aesthetic and ideological concerns. The buildings use bricks that cannot be reused unlike roman buildings that were taken apart to get building materials, unlike roman buildings that were taken apart to get building materials, these buildings are single-use materials. This work though is not meant as a criticism of these buildings. It functions as a sort of archive.

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Euros and palms, 2022

PVC plastic curtains, 200 cm X 220 cm

Andrei Bucovanu

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[prin_sunet], 2023

Site-specific installation – wood, metal, recycled objects, sound, laser lights

Rarely do we give a detailed attention to the environment that surrounds us, something that often arises as a result of an abnormal episode, an event out of the ordinary, something that instinctively draws our attention to its unnatural nature.

This experience can be understood as a disturbance of our individual reality, and we react by contemplating it and the influence we generate upon it. An influence that we fail to perceive to its true potential, this being in a certain sense a full control of the aspects of existence.

Today, sound is an essential aspect of art, from installations to performances and various new methods of expression, but its presence is too often ignored. This negligence contributes to the fact that sound is difficult to represent, sound cannot be looked at in a book, the sound of a particular installation cannot be photographed and preserved as a document, it is a unique form of creation that cannot be captured. Yet the aim of the art-work is to visualize the aspect of sound.

Bogdan Matei

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Scents of Nothingness, 2023

Immersive installation – objects, plants, animation, sounds

The way we interact with virtual objects today could be ontologically similar to the way we operate with physical objects. In the animation projected on the wall, a 3D-scanned pile of earth is shown.

The three objects are computer-generated and materialized with a CNC-like tool. They represent imaginary plant species, which together with the olfactory part of the work aim to create a game between physical objects that become virtual and vice versa. Piles of strongly smelling plants and flowers and conceptually serves the purpose of misleading the relation to space. The work is based on an article published in The Oxford Handbook of Virtuality by philosopher Philip Brey entitled The Physical and Social Realities of the Virtual World, where the author ontologically problematizes the concept of virtual worlds and how we interact with them.

Chistian Graure

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Resetting // Identity, 2023

Installation - metal sheet, brackets, paint

The project proposes a contemporary approach using the memorial role of the medium of photography to explore personal reflections. It examines how shared experiences shape one’s identity and social dynamics.

The concept challenges the notion of a concrete self, emphasizing fragmentation and reshaping of inner landscapes based on external influences. The manipulation of the surface of a tin sheet with power tools aims to translate into visual language a personal impression from the landmark of Plovdiv – The Fraternal Barrow Memorial Complex shaped to resemble a Thracian burial mound. The installation brings attention to the artist’s felt experiences, encouraging viewers to explore their own intangible connections with the work.

Dorian Bolca

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Re-Rooting, 2023

Installation - branches, plastic containers, jars, plants, water, sound, light

The new media installation Re Rooting brings together under an organic spatial composition, the element of water as a binder between the two cities of Timisoara and Plovdiv,

and the sound of voices and speech, of the two different languages but at the same time with quite a few common words. These being placed in a mythological urban context together with the noise and sound environment of the cities. Everything is embedded in the scientific concept called Wood Wide Web.

Harita Asumani

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Artists canʼt talk, 2023

Installation - 6 videos, 2 paintings acrylic on canvas 60 cm X 70 cm, handwritten text on paper

The art-work dives into the artist’s capacity to articulate ideas and communicate the essence of their creations. In the dynamic interaction between the artist and the viewer, the question of meaning perpetually arises – what message does the artist seek to convey?

It is intriguing to acknowledge that there is no singular answer, which transforms the viewer into an engaged participant and at times, even a collaborator in shaping the meaning. This delicate equilibrium fosters a fruitful environment for the creative process and enriches the comprehension of art on a profound level.

Ilie Duta

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I bring you flowers, 2023

Installation - plastic bottles, plastic pipes, recycled plastic, electrical cables, car mirrors, RGB bulbs

I bring you flowers is an installation made partly in Romania and partly in Bulgaria and it is a mix of discarded and new urban materials from both countries.

There is a Plovdiv imaginative map centered by actual the location of the gallery. The main concern of the artwork is that we face the same international environment problems based on the same past. Now it depends on us how we can re-connect and try to face our common actual environment problems.

Ivelina Ivanova

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Warm Display, 2023

Two channel video projection, trash container, melted waste

In the postdigital era software supplants hardware and information travels at lightning speed. The boundaries of time and space blur into abstractions.

Reality itself becomes increasingly fluid and malleable, as if to mirror our coexistence with the virtual realm. This dynamic functions within the global market, perpetuating an unending cycle of acquisition and disposal. Overconsumption stands as the emblematic feature of consumerism.

Waste is a testament to our growing attachment to attaining material goods. Ultimately, our flesh and possessions will converge and decay, melting into a collective sculpture of humanity, a conglomerate of melted plastic.

These constant transformational processes challenge stability and rigidity. Melting becomes a poignant expression of life’s dynamic essence, a reminder of impermanence. We confront the immutable truth that change is our sole constant, while uncertainty remains an inescapable certainty.

Mitch Brezounek

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Doner forest, 2023

Oil on canvas, 75 cm X 75 cm, 110 cm X 60 cm

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Doner demon, 2023

Oil on canvas, 12 cm X 8 cm

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Depressive garden, 2023

Oil on canvas, 30 cm X 20 cm

There is a Plovdiv imaginative map centered by actual the location of the gallery. The main concern of the artwork is that we face the same international environment problems based on the same past. Now it depends on us how we can re-connect and try to face our common actual environment problems.

Mihai Toth

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Process For the Root’s Edges, 2023

Installation - video, sandpaper, paper tape, charcoal

Process For the Root’s Edges is a project that deals with developing a specific awareness of the invisible network around us through the gesture of touch, the physicality of the texture, and movement.

This installation aims to point out the conceptual and actual closeness between different types of surfaces within the physical plane and the virtual plane. The video offers landmarks in the form of orientation coordinates in the mythological exploration of urban space, natural space or even psychological space.

Mirela Cerbu

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Funeral for a fly, 2023

Installation: drawings, comatex board, video, mixed media technique (ink, oil spray, markers, comatex board, paper)

This work stems from an interest in the natural elements. The drawings contain imagery of the heart, the fly, the snake and the flower which act as symbols of personification of the unconscious.

Their context is continuously changing and outlines the characteristics of this artistic research. Once studied, hazard and chaos become evident as a fundamental aspect of nature and the psyche.

Natalia Bica

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Indigo Night, 2023

Series of drawings and objects as an installation

The silk paper through its diaphanous texture and transparency plays with the light sources and shadows within the gallery space. he metal sheet surface is layered by pencil drawings, matt acrylic color and modeled shapes.

These miniatures represent different facial expressions or anatomical fragments such as hands or legs that are part of the trans-personal dimension of the urban environment. Viewed from some distance, they create the sensation of small dots levitating in a constellation-like order. Up close, the gestural expression of form is isolated and portrays separate etudes.

Osman Yuseinov

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Metamorphosis I, 2023

Installation - video, print on canvas

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Metamorphosis II, 2023

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The work explores the relationship between the urban environment and nature. hrough the metaphor of his own moving shadow, the author shows us the liveliness of man in contrast to his own creation – the static inert urban architectural environment.

Do we feel like prisoners in the modern urban space, in which we are constantly in pursuit of our worldly goals? Have we not created our own optimistic mythology to cope with this reality?

Sanziana Gheorghe

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Instances between man and dragon, 2023

Experimental printmaking, mixed media and paper collage on canvas

Through the allegory of man’s metamorphosis into dragon, this paper collage / installation explores the relationship between abstract and figurative shapes as well as the process of transforming the unconscious into conscious.

The dragon represents the unconscious that can become conscious through active intention, leaving either of the options to every individual’s choice.

Tsvetelina Angelova

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Lamia, 2023

Object - paper, cardboard, papier mache, glue, plastic, nylon

The work is an interpretation of the tragic story of Lamia, who is a beautiful woman turned into a terrible monster and the original source of the well-known “lamia” from Bulgarian and Romanian folklore.

Through her appearance, modern standards of beauty are contrasted with those of the mythological monster. The presentation of such an image marks the transformation of today’s aesthetics, turning it into a disturbing image of the modern ideal.

Tsvetomira Borisova

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Eva, 2023

Object, 42 cm X 26 cm X 2 cm, plaster, printed still from The Way I Spent the End of the World (Cum mi-am petrecut sfârșitul lumii 2006)

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C’est la vie, Stela Vie, 2023

Object, 40 cm X  28 cm X 2 cm, plaster, printed still from Dunav Most (1998)

Stela is a Bulgarian woman in her twenties, living in a city on the bank of the Danube River. Having spent her youth during the final years of the communist regime, she is fixated on the idea of escaping Bulgaria and experiencing the West, be it Europe or America.

After a year or two of hard work (both legal and illegal), she successfully passes the Bulgarian-Romanian border in the back of a bus, but is later detained on the Italian border. We don’t have any information on her history after that.

Eva Matei is 17, living in Bucharest during the final years of the communist regime of Ceausescu. She spent her youth dreaming of living abroad, immersing herself in relationships that would promise her a way out of the country. After the falling of the regime she successfully leaves Romania. The last thing we know about her is that she was happily working on the Prinsendam cruise ship, sailing the waters surrounding Europe.

Many similarities can be found between the two characters, as well as the countries they longed to flee. Undoubtedly, Bulgaria and Romania had found themselves at similar crossroads before, but now, years after these crossroads had been left behind, is it possible that they meet again? Is sharing an old desire enough to recognize a stranger? an we, at least, read nostalgia at first sight?

Valko Chobanov

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There was a hole here it›s gone now, 2023

Installation - inscription and objects

Yavor Kostadinov

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Paths, passages, and dwellings, 2023

Painting, drawings, photography